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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover

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Paint Panther is a highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

Perfect for the removal of both Interior and exterior paints and varnishes.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of interior and exterior oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 75 reviews.

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Ross Ridgwell
7 out of 10
Not as effective as I'd hoped but worked with several coats. I will try a different product next to compare results.
Our feedback:-
Hello Ross,

Thank you for taking the time to do a review, although the Paint Panther is great for removing nearly all finishes, there will inevitably be one or two stubborn products out there that it is less effective on or may require a few treatments. As this hasn't worked for you I would recommend looking at the Peelaway Sample pack to see if this would be a better product for you to use.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions please let me know.

Kind regards Sam.
K Barrett
Messy but easy to use
Easy to use on previously varnished wood. Gets the majority of the varnish and colour out of difficult pine. Not a miracle worker but very good all the same.
Hazel Bolus
Brilliant, easy to use, need to be patient, better than all the others
I use this product to strip varnished table tops. I have tried most of the other named products which purport to do the same job and been disappointed with every one - messy, smelly, time consuming. I found Paint Panther while surfing the internet for alternatives and wouldn't bother trying anything else. If you follow the instructions and are patient, it does exactly what it says on the tin
Barbara Harley
Very easy to use.No strong smell.
I used this product to strip the varnish from an old oak chest of drawers.I followed the instructions and after 3 coats all the varnish had been removed.It was effective and easy to apply.
Eileen Jackson
Does exactly what it says
I enjoyed using this product. Well worth the money. Instructions were good and I understood them well. Would recommend this product
Helen Edison
Fulfills requirments
Good filler with the right tools. I think I was filling holes too deep For the product to handle though
Charlotte Alliss
Low Odour, Gentle Varnish Removal.
This product requires a bit of work to get going (don't go in without a scraper) but is pleasant to work with and got rid of large sections of varnish without sanding. I bought a small bottle and it goes on for miles. Would definitely use again as very low odour.
Great stripper
Really pleased with the results from this stripper, easy to use and takes all the old finish off quickly and efficiently.
Total waste of money
I chose this product because of the good reviews it had so I bought it to strip the varnish off a bookcase. I followed the instructions to the letter and put two applications on the bookcase. It did not strip the varnish off at all so I put another application on and this time left it for an hour as other reviewers had recommended to leave it on for longer than the instructions state. It still did not take the varnish off and just left me with a mess. I bought the product as my bookcase is too heavy and cumbersome to take downstairs outside in the garden to sand. I'm now left with a bookcase that looks far worse than before but still has varnish on. From the reviews I think this product may be better for paint stripping but it's useless for varnish stripping. It's been a total waste of my money! The courier service on the other hand was excellent. The tracking was perfect , you can have options to leave the package with a neighbour or somewhere else and are kept informed of your package's progress. I would never buy this product again but I would buy from this company due to the fast , efficient and customer friendly delivery.
Brenda Ross
Did the shop
Had to strip paint and varnish worked well on both. Only advice I would give is be patient after applying to allow the product to work. Made a horrible messy job easier
John Ambrose
Better than average
Panther works better than the average stripper out there but give it time to work is best advice on this product
Stephen Burgess
I purchased this to remove ronseal woodstain from a table top tried sanding at first but it would have took ages this stripped it in no time brilliant stuff great price I would definately buy this again thanks 5 stars Steve from Liverpool
Malcolm Munday
this paint remover is excellent ,it starts to work immediately and leaving it for a short while and the paint came off in sheets
Brian Coley
Service 2nd to none
Stripped varnish Off doors best of any thing whe have used. Tried several well known brands no comparison.
Alison Chase
Had to remove several layers of varnish off a staircase. Although it was still a horrible job,this product cut the time & effort needed by half. Highly recommend.
Annabelle Godwin
Very happy with this product. Certainly does the job.
Paint stripping can be a bore at the best of times. This product worked well, it was better than other products I have used.
Rob S
Worked to level expected from product description
Used to strip a multi painted staircase and bannister. Not totally effective but easily removed top couple of layers. Decided to finish job using heat gun. description of amount required seemed accurate
Dawn Dodson-Webb
Loads better than the old product I always used .
I am stripping a chair prior to shabby chic finish . Product doesn't have the overpowing smell of the run of the mill paint strippers . It's working well & I wouldn't hesitate to use this product again .
Edward Thorne
Does what it say`s
Esay to apply and remove`s varnish with little effort highly recomend this product
Darryl Brand
Better than nitromors
Excellent product,used on metal(alloy) works really fast, only needed to re-apply once.

per litre
5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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